A new, nuclear-powered rocket is being tested, with the first British astronaut aboard. The smallest error could turn it into a flying nuclear bomb spreading radioactive fallout over a wide area of Europe. And an error does occur.
Cape Kennedy: Anxious ground crew staff at Houston Mission Control watch as the countdown to launch reaches its last thirty seconds. This is being relayed on the television. It is a historic moment – the first nuclear powered rocket these with the first English astronaut on-board. The rocket takes off safely.
The DOOMWATCH team on BBC 1 tonight get plunged into another frighteningly topical adventure.
A new nuclear powered rocket is being tested with Britain's first astronaut aboard. An error turns the rocket into a flying nuclear bomb.
To add a touch of realism, James Burke and Michael Aspel make guest appearances – as the BBC man in London and Houston respectively.
Original Newspaper article by Shaun Usher bills Re-entry Forbidden. With thanks to Michael Seely and Andrew Wilson
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Wednesday 11th February 1970
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